Lowcay Family History

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Rose Lowcay

Winter Sunset-Devon (Oil, c1915)

Rose Lowcay was a noted landscape artist from Adelaide, Australia. She was the daughter of Henry Frederick Lowcay and Sofie Mary De La Taste, and was born in 1889 in Paarl, South Africa. Her parents moved to South Australia.

Rose began art studies with James Ashton at the age of fifteen (she was a contemporary of his son Will Ashton). At sixteen she was made an Associate of the South Australian Society of Arts. At the same time she won two gold medals for landscape painting. At the age of nineteen Rose began three and a half years of study overseas at the Newlyn School of Painting, Cornwall (with Stanhope Forbes), and London (with A. Talmage, R. Vicat Cole and J. Noble Barlow). She also visited Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. Rose exhibited in England.

On her return to South Australia in 1912, Rose taught with James Ashton and was elected a Fellow of the South Australian Society of Arts. She exhibited in Adelaide (South Australia), Melbourne (Victoria) and Sydney (New South Wales) and received acclaim from many art critics for her impressionistic landscapes in watercolour and oil.

The Art Gallery of South Australia purchased one of her paintings when she was only twenty two.

Rose married Harold Llewellyn Sheard in 1915. They lived on the south coast of South Australia at Port Elliot and in the Barossa Valley, raising two children Betty and Laurie. Rose died in Adelaide in 1968.